Sylhet: inauguration of the first Catholic college (VIDEO)
The Notre Dame School and College opened a few days ago in Sreemangal parish. Holy Cross Fathers will run the facility. They already take care of other schools in the capital. For principal Fr Placid Proshanta Rozario, now “needy students can study here instead of going to Dhaka.”
Dhaka (AsiaNews) – The Diocese of Sylhet now has its first Catholic college.
A few days ago, Archbishop Bejoy N'D Cruze, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh, inaugurated the Notre Dame School and College in Sreemangal parish. The facility can accommodate up to 630 students (see VIDEO).
“I am delighted to inaugurate this college that will promote higher education for young people in the diocese as well as those of other faiths," said the prelate at the inauguration.
Father Placid Proshanta Rozario, principal of the new institute, told AsiaNews that this is the first college in the Diocese of Sylhet, which was created on 8 July 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI.
“This diocese has five schools, but it didn't have any college,” the clergyman explained. Now “needy students can study here instead of going to Dhaka.”
Holy Cross Fathers, who will run the new facility, already manage schools in Baridhara and Mymensingh, two districts in the Bangladeshi capital. The school curriculum of the Sreemangal college will follow that of the Dhaka establishments.
“Foreign missionaries started preaching in this country thanks to educational facilities; now local missionaries will continue their work,” said Archbishop Bejoy.
“This makes me happy,” he added. “I wish the best of luck to this school and to the new college.”
Holy Cross Fathers arrived in Bangladesh in 1950 and their schools are considered among the best in the country.
“We preach God's message through education,” Fr Placid explained. “The new college is another milestone for preaching the Gospel.”
About 98 per cent of the faithful in the Diocese of Sylhet are tribal; most of them work growing tea or betel leaves.
Mgr Shorot Francis Gomes became the new bishop of the diocese last week.